A late 19th century rare and superbly carved walnut dragon mirror attributed to the Parisian cabinetmaker Gabriel- Frederic Viardot (1830-1906) - This gothic style decorative mirror consists of a superbly carved walnut dragon supporting the mirror plate with his feet and tail, the bevelled crescent shaped mirror plate being original with wooden back to the reverse. It has a stand and looks perfect on the ground at the entrance of a home. My great grandfather brought this mirror to Australia from England along with other French antiques that we have inherited. My paternal grandparents had this mirror in the entrance of their home. The Mirror measures 20" or 51cm in height. 14" or 36cm top width. 16" or 41cm bottom width. The dragon and mirror are in original condition and both horns have been chipped ( restorable) and also the tail has been mended, please see photos, otherwise this piece is in very good original condition given its age. Gabriel- Frederic Viardot (1830-1906) was a Parisian cabinetmaker specialising particularly in Chinese and Japanese style furniture, there being a demand in France at this time for exotic luxury furniture from Asia. Viardot firstly worked as a sculptor and later set up his own workshops making furniture in 1860 with many craftsman working for him. He exhibited at many exhibitions and gained many awards such as a gold medal in 1889 at the Paris International Exhibition, the following year gaining a gold medal again as well as many other awards in various exhibitions over the years and was also awarded the Knight in the Legion of Honour in 1885. Although we cannot find any evidence of signature on this mirror it has many elements of a Viardot piece and is certainly a piece of antiquity displaying superb quality, design and workmanship.
SaleClic specifics for: Superbly Carved Antique Walnut Dragon Mirror circa 1890 attributed to Viardot Seller: ca.de24 Reviews: 25 Positive Feedback: 100.0% Location: Mornington, VIC Ships to: Worldwide Item: 254331187295 Originating Region: France Era: 1800s Original/Reproduction: Original